Geoproof : proofs of geographic location for cloud computing environment

Albeshri, Aiiad Ahmad, Boyd, Colin, & Gonzalez Nieto, Juan M. (2012) Geoproof : proofs of geographic location for cloud computing environment. In Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems Workshops 2012, IEEE, Macau, China, pp. 506-514.

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Cloud computing has emerged as a major ICT trend and has been acknowledged as a key theme of industry by prominent ICT organisations. However, one of the major challenges that face the cloud computing concept and its global acceptance is how to secure and protect the data that is the property of the user. The geographic location of cloud data storage centres is an important issue for many organisations and individuals due to the regulations and laws that require data and operations to reside in specific geographic locations. Thus, data owners may need to ensure that their cloud providers do not compromise the SLA contract and move their data into another geographic location. This paper introduces an architecture for a new approach for geographic location assurance, which combines the proof of storage protocol (POS) and the distance-bounding protocol. This allows the client to check where their stored data is located, without relying on the word of the cloud provider. This architecture aims to achieve better security and more flexible geographic assurance within the environment of cloud computing.

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ID Code: 53044
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Protocols, Cloud computing, Geology, Extraterrestial measurements, Timing, Security
DOI: 10.1109/ICDCSW.2012.50
ISBN: 9781467314237
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Computer System Security (080303)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 IEEE
Copyright Statement: This work has been submitted to the IEEE for possible publication. Copyright may be transferred without notice, after which this version may no longer be accessible
Deposited On: 09 Aug 2012 22:30
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2012 06:06

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